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News posted on Tuesday, 26 July 2016

2016 VINTAGE REPORT: Industry ‘cautiously optimistic’ as wine grape prices increase
Australia’s wine sector recorded increases in the average purchase price of winegrapes and its overall crush this year, according to the Vintage Report 2016 released yesterday at the 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference. The report, released by Wine Australia, the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia and Wine Grape Growers Australia, showed an increase of six per cent in the national crush to an estimated 1.81 million tonnes.

Woolies house brand wine boss says exclusivity a winner with drinkers
The boss of Woolworths' Pinnacle Drinks arm, which supplies 73 different house brand wines to Woolworths' liquor retailing stores including Dan Murphys and BWS, says having exclusive brands is increasingly important to the company's liquor retailing operations in a highly competitive industry. Woolworths has come under heavy criticism for increasing the amount of house brands it is stocking on its shelves across its $8 billion liquor retailing business and squeezing out branded wine producers.

De Bortoli aims to be Australia's first zero-waste winery
One of Australia’s biggest family-owned wineries wants to become the country’s first zero-waste wine producer, and has invested more than $15m to achieve this goal. De Bortoli Wines, which has wineries at four sites in two states, has already cut the amount of waste it disposes to landfill from 300 tonnes a year to 48 tonnes as part of a long-term sustainable business plan adopted in 2004.

Vignerons get an authentic sniff of success over fraudsters
Australian vignerons will soon have a new weapon to fight wine fraud, with chemical analysis helping authenticate whether a wine comes from the Barossa or Beijing. In a response to the growing problem of second-rate wines being fraudulently sold under premium labels, researchers at the Australian Wine Research Institute are working to identify unique chemical signatures of the country’s famous wine regions.

Australia’s upper-end wines "not cutting through" in UK
UK consumers still perceive Australian wine to be homogenous and dominated by big brands, according to the CEO of Berry Bros & Rudd. Speaking at the Winemakers Federation of Australia conference in Adelaide earlier today, Dan Jago, who assumed leadership at the UK wine importer, retailer and merchant last year, warned that Australia's "fine or esoteric or artisan wines" are not cutting through in the country.

Experiment with ancient orange wine
A Waitaki winery is experimenting with an ancient wine technique to produce orange wine. Orange wine was first produced about 5000 years ago in Georgia. The wine was made when white grapes, with seeds and skins included, were mashed up and placed in a container and left for a period of time with little to no additives included in the ingredients list, website Wine Folly says.

Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016 announced
Mike Winter from Amisfield has taken out the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year for 2016. This is the third year Winter has taken out the title and he is very determined to take out the National title this year, especially as it is the last time he can compete. He will be too old next year as cut off age for the competition is 30 years old or younger on 31 December, so Winter will be putting a lot of time and effort into study and preparation over the next few weeks.

Organic wines keep it on the lowdown
In Napa, words like "organic" and "biodynamic" can be seen as a drawback. Mildew and viruses may actually make wine taste better, but you might not want to get into the true dirt of organic farming with consumers. These were two of the takeaways from Napa Valley's 10th annual organic grapegrowing conference last week.

German wine drinkers want to know more
German wine drinkers are becoming more interested in wine, according to a new Wine Intelligence report. The report, Germany Landscapes 2016, found that 35% of regular wine drinkers surveyed stated that they had high involvement levels with wine, significantly more than the 30% the previous year, with 39% reporting wine to be important to their lifestyles, compared with 33% the previous year.

The Wine Innovators Storming Unknown Bordeaux
Two adjacent Bordeaux wine regions remain largely unknown and unappreciated by international wine consumers, as well as by many non-French visitors to southwest France. Wine châteaux here offer excellent value, and there are fewer tourists than in the nearby famed Médoc or Saint Emilion regions. Their surroundings are also visually impressive.

ASC takes on Delicato Family Vineyards
ASC Fine Wines has announced it has acquired the exclusive distribution rights to Californian winery, Delicato for Mainland China. The new partnership will see a select portfolio of Delicato brands available throughout China, including Gnarly Head, Delicato Family Vineyards and Irony. “ASC Fine Wines’ expansive market coverage, experience in fine wines and focus in digital aligns with the family’s long-term market development strategy,” said Chris Indelicato, President & CEO of Delicato Family Vineyards.

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